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Eli Sward

About Eli Sward

Eli Sward, Ph.D is a Field Application Scientist at Golden Helix, joining the team in May of 2018. Eli graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, and a doctorate’s in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Beyond providing customer support and training at Golden Helix, Eli enjoys many outdoor activities and spending quality time with family and friends.

VSClinical Best Practice Workflows: Part II

In part one of this series, we discussed how the ACMG Classifier can be implemented in your filter chain to support a best practice workflow. To continue our discussion on best practices of VSClinical, this blog will shed light on other attributes of VSClinical that can add support to your evaluation. Specifically, we will explore how VSClinical can help users… Read more »

VSClinical Best Practice Workflows: Part I

VSClinical is our most recent product that allows users to evaluate variants according to the ACMG guidelines. As with any tertiary analysis, there is a need to implement best practices into your workflow and using VSClinical for the ACMG guidelines is no exception. That said, we have put together a Best Practices Blog Series, with the purpose of discussing some… Read more »

Using VS-CNV to detect high-quality CNV events

In my recent webcast, I demonstrated how VS-CNV users can detect high-quality CNV events. If you didn’t have a chance to join, you can view the recording below! This webcast generated a lot of great questions! If you have any other questions about the content covered in this webcast that is not answered below, please feel free to reach out… Read more »

GWAS Quality Control Within SVS

      Eli Sward    August 23, 2018    No Comments on GWAS Quality Control Within SVS
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Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are useful in genetics as they test for the association of a phenotype with common genetic variants. GWAS is “hypothesis-free” and does not require prior knowledge of a gene’s biological impact on a trait. The catch though is that this leads to analyzing hundreds to thousands of genome-wide array samples to elucidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with a specific phenotype.

VSClinical: The details you should know

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The recent release of VSClinical gives users the ability to evaluate variants based on the 33 criteria according to the American College of Medical Genetic and Genomics (ACMG) guidelines. This feature leverages a variety of variant sequencing evidence including population data, functional data, and computational predictions while providing rich visualizations and auto recommendations to help answer challenging criteria. This highly… Read more »